Thosie Varga is the Supplier Diversity Manager for L3 Aerospace Systems and acts as the L3 Corporate Small Business Team Lead. Thosie is responsible for development, implementation and maintenance of the Comprehensive Small Business Subcontracting Plan, increasing awareness to all departments within L3 Aerospace Systems, counseling suppliers, establishing initiatives that will enhance subcontracting bidding opportunities for small business concerns and ensuring L3’s compliance and performance to all Small Business goals. In addition, Thosie held Committee Chair position for two years for the DFW Veteran Summit and one year as Chair with the DFW SBLO Council. Prior to her current position, Thosie served various positions; SBLO and Lead Logistics Supply Specialist for a Bell Helicopter Textron subsidiary, Senior Buyer for Northrop Grumman and Production Control Manager for a Veteran Owned Small Business specializing in Machining and Metal Fabrication.
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As the Small Business Liaison Officer for Rockwell Collins, Amber Hanlon manages the company’s Small Business Office, an essential component to Rockwell Collins’ ability to grow and identify new market opportunities.In this role, Amber has responsibility for building Rockwell Collins’ participation in the Department of Defense Mentor/Protégé Program, leading Rockwell Collins’ Small Business Executive Steering Team, training internal employees on opportunities for small businesses and assisting small business suppliers in expanding their reach. Prior to employment at Rockwell Collins, Amber did sales and consulting for a financial services firm, specializing in small business clients.Amber has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Public Relations and a Master of Business Administration degree, both from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, IA and a Master of Arts degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA.
Holly Hutson is the Small Business Liaison Officer for AmecFoster Wheeler. Her job duties include, approving federal procurement source lists, provide Small Business training to the contracts, subcontracts and project staff annually, monitoring and reporting small business utilization, developing small business subcontracting plans, involvement in mentor protégé program and assisting with audits and surveys. Holly has been with the company for nine years and has her bachelor’s degree in business management from Tennessee Technical University.
Claudia Jara is the Supplier Diversity Representative for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Training & Logistics Solutions. During her time at Lockheed Martin she has worked in the procurement organization, managing the purchasing card program and served as the Change Lead for the Lockheed Martin Procure to Pay system, responsible for making sure all affected users were trained. Claudia is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA), earning her degree in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration.